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July 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM
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Penn State fined, hit with bowl ban

INDIANAPOLIS, July 23 (UPI) -- Penn State's football program, as a result of child-abuse allegations, was hit with a $60 million fine and a four-year post-season ban Monday by the NCAA.

NCAA officials repeatedly referred to the victims of child abuse in discussing what NCAA Executive Committee Chairman Ed Ray, the president of Oregon State University, said were "historically unprecedented actions" due to "reckless and callous disregard for children."

He said sanctions were "warranted by the conspiracy of silence" at Penn State.

The fine, said by the NCAA to amount to one year's gross revenue for the Penn State football program, the post-season ban and reduction in initial scholarships for four seasons, a vacating of records from 1998-2011 and a 5-year probation period reflect some of the stiffest penalties ever handed down by the NCAA.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said his decision regarding the "very, very, very serious sanctions" were the result of the "perverse and unconscionable" actions that led to years of child sex abuse by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

"As we evaluated the situation, the victims affected by Jerry Sandusky and the efforts by many to conceal his crimes informed our actions," Emmert said Monday. "At our core, we are educators. Penn State leadership lost sight of that."

He also said: "We cannot look to NCAA history to determine how to handle circumstances so disturbing, shocking and disappointing. As the individuals charged with governing college sports, we have a responsibility to act.

"These events should serve as a call to every single school and athletics department to take an honest look at its campus environment and eradicate the 'sports are king' mindset that can so dramatically cloud the judgment of educators."

Emmert said Penn State signed a consent decree regarding the actions.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson said in a statement that "we are entering a new chapter at Penn State and making necessary changes."

Golden: My integrity 'speaks for itself'

MIAMI, July 23 (UPI) -- University of Miami football Coach Al Golden told The Miami Herald Monday his integrity "speaks for itself" despite a recruiting scandal.

The newspaper reported Golden declined to comment on a Yahoo! Sports report Friday, contending Golden "had direct knowledge'' of former UM equipment manager Sean "Pee Wee" Allen's alleged "improper involvement with Miami recruits" to navigate around NCAA rules.

"It's your name," Golden told the Herald. "It's your integrity. But as I've found being around the other coaches and the ACC commissioner, I think my integrity and reputation over the last 18 years speaks for itself.''

UM linebackers coach Micheal Barrow, also targeted in the Yahoo! report, is still an assistant coach, but Golden wouldn't talk further about Barrow, the Herald said.

Shortly after UM's fall football camp opened in Coral Gables, Fla., last year, Yahoo! Sports reported allegations former UM booster Nevin Shapiro, now serving a 20-year prison sentence for a $930 million Ponzi scheme, gave "thousands of impermissible benefits'' to at least 72 UM athletes, from 2002 through 2010.

At the time, Golden was about to begin his first season with the Hurricanes and said he had no idea of the related NCAA investigation of UM. He spent most of last season pledging to overcome any obstacles.

The coach said Monday he still vows to move forward.

Golden's interview Monday ended minutes before the NCAA announced severe sanctions against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Golden played and served as an assistant coach at Penn State.

Cyclist Hoy to carry Great Britain flag

LONDON, July 23 (UPI) -- Chris Hoy, four-time Olympic gold medalist in cycling, has been selected as Great Britain's flag bearer in Friday's Opening Ceremonies for the Summer Olympics.

Hoy, 36, is the first cyclist to carry a country's flag in the Olympics. He said the honor is "really is something special."

"I remember watching the opening ceremony at Sydney 2000 from our accommodation, because we were competing on the second day, and just being so excited by it," Hoy said in a release.

"I really hoped I would get the chance to be involved one day, so to get this opportunity is fantastic."

Hoy won a silver medal in the team sprint in the 2000 Games but won the 1-kilometer time trial in 2004 in Athens. Four years ago he was first in the keirin, sprint and team sprint.

He carried the flag at the Closing Ceremonies that year and was knighted several months later.

British Olympic officials drew up a list of nine possible flag bearers and submitted it to a panel of 31 athletics representing the entire team to decide on the Opening Games flag bearer.

Hoy is expected to race in the team sprint and keirin at this year's Games.

Report: Cubs sending Dempster to Braves

CHICAGO, July 23 (UPI) -- The Chicago Cubs have traded veteran pitcher Ryan Dempster to the Atlanta Braves, MLB.com reported Monday.

MLB.com said the package deal may include 22-year-old Atlanta right-hander Randall Delgado, who is 4-9 with a 4.22 earned-run average.

CBSSports.com and ESPN.com were among other outlets reporting the trade was in the works Monday, though the Cubs would not confirm it had been completed and said no announcement was scheduled.

Dempster, 35, who is 5-4 with a 2.11 ERA, confirmed weeks ago he was willing to waive his 5-and-10 rights to allow a trade to a contender. Atlanta is tied with Washington for first place in the National League East while the Cubs are mired in fifth place in the NL Central, 13 1/2 games behind division-leading Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

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